Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan
Aug 11, 2020
Obon: Dancing with the Dead
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On this episode, Ben and Burke discuss the Obon holiday in Japan and all things related to this special occasion.

They start off by chatting about Ben’s stay at Furukawa Onsen in Jozankei using the GoTo Travel campaign, and also Burke’s visit to Takino Suzuran park. Then they move on to talk about traditional Obon customs, the meaning of Obon, two important vegetables related to this celebration (it's not pumpkin!), Bon Odori (the big Obon dance), the different stages and activities that the Japanese do, such as grave cleaning and releasing lanterns to help dead ancestors return to the afterlife, traditional clothing of the festivities and the correct way to wear them, a little history of the Bon Odori in Sapporo, having to meet distant relatives, and much much more. Enjoy the show!

Here is the episode where we talked about ghosts and spirits in Japan.

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